“Going offline” : Social media, source verification, and Chinese investigative journalism during “information overload"

Xu, Nairui and Gutsche Jr, Robert (2021) “Going offline” : Social media, source verification, and Chinese investigative journalism during “information overload". Journalism Practice, 15 (8). pp. 1146-1162. ISSN 1751-2786

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Based on interviews with 25 investigative journalists in Beijing, China, this study suggests digital journalists may be increasingly challenged by a sense of “information overload” as they navigate social media and online environments crowded with dis- and mis-information, fake profiles and sources, and massive amounts of opinion journalism that is presented as professional journalism. This overload has reinforced Chinese investigative journalists’ dedication to a conventional form of verification: meeting face-to-face with sources. This study contributes to scholarship on Chinese journalism by expanding knowledge about investigative journalists in the country and by complicating understandings of how journalists there work in an age of social media, disinformation, and increased interests in verification.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journalism Practice on 11/06/2020, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17512786.2020.1776142
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